People with WHS duties in construction
The model WHS Regulations outline duties that apply to construction work. This includes specific requirements and ways to manage high-risk construction work. For further information, see the model Code of Practice: Construction work.
As a PCBU, you must, so far as is reasonably practicable:
ensure the health and safety of workers and others at your workplace
consult with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking and who are (or are likely to be) directly affected by a health and safety matter, and
consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all other relevant duty holders.
In construction work, a PCBU is the primary duty holder for WHS and must manage risks to keep people safe.
See Chapter 2 of the model Code of Practice: Construction work for more information.
Sharing WHS duties in construction
Construction work often involves many businesses and undertakings. There can be many PCBUs, with many jobs, including those who:
carry out construction work
design the building or structure
commission the construction work
are principal contractors
manage or control of a workplace with construction work
carry out high risk construction work
A person cannot eliminate their health and safety duties by sub-contracting all, or elements of, the construction work to another PCBU.
Consequently, more than one person can have the same duty. Where two or more people have the same duty, each person must consult and comply with that duty.
Chapter 1 of the model Code of Practice: Construction work has more information.